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Laid down, date unknown, by Shanghai Dock & Engineering Co, at Shanghai, China
Launched in early 1912
Accepted for service by the Quartermaster Department 24 April 1912
Named in honor of Maj. Gen. Wesley Merritt, Civil War and Indian War hero and commander of the VIII Corps during the Spanish American War
Assigned to the A.T.S. Pacific Fleet with homeport at Manila, P.I, and further assigned to the Philippine Inter-Island Service
USAT Merritt often transported troops and supplies between garrisons in the Philippines, but made occasional voyages to transfer troops and supplies to
garrisons in China
Participated in famine relief operations for China in October 1920 by delivering food to Chingwangtao
Transported former White Army Russian soldiers and their families, exiled from Vladivostok in 1922, from Manila, PI, to San Francisco arriving there 1 July 1923
Decommissioned and sold, 20 October 1932, to Vincente F. Fernandez at Manila, renamed SS Bisayas
Sunk, 2 January 1942, in Manila Harbor; raised by the Japanese and renamed as the SS Hishigata Maru
Final Disposition, sunk, 1 February 1945, by aircraft of the 5th Air Force off San Fernando, Lingayen, P.I.
Displacement 2,898 t.
Complement and Troop Accommodations
Cargo Capacity unknown
Fuel Capacity unknown
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||USAT Merritt left and USAT Thomas moored at Manila, P.I. 3 September 1915.
||USAT Merritt at anchor, date and location unknown.
Photo source in unknown.
||USAT Merritt at anchor, location unknown
US National Archives RG-111-US Army Signal Corps still photo collection
|US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941, Vol. 4
||USAT Merritt moored pierside at Vladivostok, Russia in 1923.
Photo source in unknown.
||USAT Merritt moored pierside, date and location unknown.
The history USAT Merritt is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol.4
|01||CAPT. McLellan, Edgar S., A.T.S.||January 1919 - April 1919
|02||Unknown||April 1919 - February 1921
|03||CAPT. Olsen, Carl. A., A.T.S.||February 1921 - 18 March 1921
|04||CAPT. Baker, Charles, A.T.S.||18 March 1921 - 21 April 1921
|05||Unknown||April 1921 - 20 October 1932
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USAT Merritt 1923 Blogspot
Last Updated 4 May 2019
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